McIntyre Powder Project

  • Justice For Injured Workers 2018 - Jim Hobbs Memorial bike ride 

    More details to follow, but please SAVE THE DATE!! The McIntyre Powder Project is hosting free public information and reception events in Elliot Lake (Friday, May 25, 2018) and Massey (Saturday, May 26, 2018) for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) 2018 Justice for Injured Workers bike ride (from Elliot Lake to Massey) in memory of my dad, Jim Hobbs. This is the first time the bike ride is coming to northern Ontario. Details are below in the call-out letter. Thanks!




    The Ontario Network of Injured Workers (ONIWG) is once again supporting the “Fourth Annual Justice for Injured Workers bike ride. ONIWG is asking all of our friends who believe in a compensation system that supports the injured worker to help in making this year’s ride a success. The message for this year’s bike ride will be “Occupational Disease: The Other Workplace Fatality”, and we ask that you ride with us in solidarity bringing all the concerns of workers to the doorstep of our provincial government. The upcoming election is of great importance to injured workers as we ask that we be treated with justice and dignity instead of being pushed into poverty and marginalized simply because we were injured at work.


    This will be the “Justice For Injured Workers” Riders (JFIW) fourth annual bike ride and this year we plan to start in Elliot Lake with a memorial ride on Saturday May 26, 2018 for Jim Hobbs. The riders will be riding from Elliot Lake into Massey where Jim was born and lived most of his life. Jim and his daughter’s valiant efforts to bring attention to occupational disease and in particular the devastating use of McIntyre Powder is an inspiring story of courage and determination. Men like Jim Hobbs should not be forgotten as so many miners succumb to occupational disease and in many cases never receive compensation for their illness. The Parkinson’s disease that Jim suffered from because of his exposure to McIntyre Powder reduced the quality of life and the enjoyment of it. Jim Hobbs succumbed to this disease in May of 2017. The memorial ride will honour Jim Hobbs and all workers who have died of occupational diseases.


    On May 27, 2018 we will be arriving in Sudbury to participate in a ceremony and remembrance of miners who have been killed or died due to occupational illness. (Details to follow)

    The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board is an onerous bureaucratic system that forces the injured worker to navigate a complex system – a system set up it seems to deny the workers injured or made sick by their workplace. The G.E workers in Peterborough or the Victims of Chemical Valley (VOCV) in Sarnia should not be forgotten either as they are examples of government’s callous disregard of their plight.


    “Worker’s Comp is a Right” should be shouted out from every corner of this province and by riding with the “Justice for Injured Workers” riders on Saturday May 26, 2018 you can be part of that voice that cries out; “Justice for Injured Workers.”


    All money raised goes to help support ONIWG’s fight for the rights of injured workers in Ontario. We welcome all types of support, including the following:


    * Monetary donations

    * Cyclists interested in biking any part of the route please contact us!

    * Accommodation or meal vouchers

    * Volunteers to organize a public/media meeting or event along route

    * Assistance contacting local media and spreading the word

    To find out more about our ride, visit us online at (under events).

    In solidarity,


    Peter Page,

    On behalf of the ONIWG Bike Ride Committee


    Please enclose a cheque or money order payable to The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups and mail to: ONIWG Treasurer Janet Paterson 127 Ravenwood Avenue Thunder Bay ON P7B 4H7


    If you would like to participate, donate or help make this year’s ride a success, please contact us by Email: or Phone: 905 745 1003 or contact Janice Martell @ or @ or phone 1 800 461 7120


    June 1st Rally at Queen’s Park 11:00 AM 

    2018 JFIW Bike Ride Route


    Friday May 25, 2018 

    Arrive Elliot Lake 

    Reception and gathering to be held 

    Saturday May 26, 2018 

    Begin 68 km Memorial ride to Massey arriving at Massey arena

    Sunday May 27, 2018

    Begin 102 km ride to Sudbury

  • Hearing your voices: McIntyre Powder-exposed mine workers invited to participate in research study

    Danielle Aubin, a Master's of Interdisciplinary Health student at Laurentian University is conducting a research study on underground mine workers who were exposed to McIntyre Powder (aluminum dust).

    Danielle is seeking participants on a voluntary basis for her research, which would involve a one-on-one interview. Details are below:

    "PARTICIPANTS NEEDED. What is Your Story? Have you been exposed to the McIntyre Powder treatment (aluminum dust) between 1943-1980 for a minimum of 1 year?  If you are interested in sharing your story in an interview with a Laurentian University Master's student, please contact Danielle Aubin at OR at 1-800-461-4030, ext. 3972.  This research has been approved by the Laurentian University Research Ethics Board." 


  • Death of Jim Hobbs, the inspiration for the McIntyre Powder Project - May 24, 2017

    My father, Jim Hobbs, had character and he was a character.  He did not express his emotions well, but he felt deeply and you always knew that he would be there when you needed him.  He had no tolerance for bullies, liars, or hypocrites, and no use for the lazy man. He worked hard and lived simply - protective of those he loved at whatever cost was required of him.  My dad gave up his life for us in the mines. This Project bears witness to that life, and to the cost borne by the workers of the McIntyre Powder experiment and their families.

    in love and solidarity,  Janice (Hobbs) Martell 

  • McIntyre Powder Project at Injured Workers' Day - June 1, 2017 TORONTO

    Please join McIntyre Powder Project Founder Janice Martell at Injured Workers Day - June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Schedule of events is below.  Janice will be speaking at the Rally, following the march from Queen's Park to the Ministry of Labour Head Office.  Janice will also be one of the panelists at the 2 p.m. event at OCAD auditorium.

    Injured Workers’ Day 2017 Schedule of Events


    ·         May 31st, Dinner at 7pm, Vigil at 8pm

    Overnight Vigil at Queen’s Park

    Cultural showcase to celebrate the resilience of injured workers, featuring music, poetry, storytelling, and satire. Led by the Women of Inspiration Injured Worker Group.


    ·         June 1st 11:30am, Queen’s Park


    Despite the epidemic of precarious, unsafe, and toxic work, the WSIB is more concerned with its own bottom line than with protecting the well-being of injured workers. We need to come together and demand our right to compensation. Join us on the streets!

    Event page:


    ·         June 1st, 2:00pm, OCAD Auditorium (100 McCaul St., room 190)

    Fighting Back Against Unsafe and Toxic Work

    A panel discussion featuring workers who are organizing in different sectors but on similar issues. We aim to open a conversation on how we can connect our organizing efforts and bring together a powerful, worker-led front for safe work and full compensation. Featured speakers include:

    o  Janice Martell – Founder of the McIntyre Powder Project

    o  Sue James – Retired worker from the Peterborough GE factory

    o  Heather Neiser – Healthcare worker and anti-workplace violence activist with OCHU

    o  Len Elliott – OPSEU executive member and Health & Safety advocate

    Event page:

  • New! Under "Links" Tab

    Click on the "LINKS" tab on this website for two exciting NEW! postings:  

    (1) April 6, 2017 - Fifth Estate update video on the work of the McIntyre Powder Project over the year since the January 29, 2016 Fifth Estate broadcast of "The Miner's Daughter" episode.

    (2) April 6, 2017 - CBC News Report: "Ontario health agency finds 'concerning' rate of ALS in miners exposed to McIntyre Powder"

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